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India’s Big Cats – the Asiatic Lions of Gir

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One of the juvenile lion cubs looking thoughtful an Image captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

Julianne joined us for the second week of our Indian photography tour to photograph the Asiatic Lions of Gir. She was looking to hone her composition skills & hopefully capture some stunning images of the majestic residents of the Gir forest, the Asiatic Lion.

Whilst her first day drew a blank for lion sightings, Julianne was lucky enough to spend time with a mother jackal & her adorable young pup.

A Jackal mother & one of her cubs photographed during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

In fact, Julianne proved to be extremely lucky on her first day when during the afternoon game drive, whilst trying to get a good angle on a buzzard in a tree, she encountered a leopard lounging in the bushes. In her own words “I have been trying to get great leopard photos for a decade & this is THE best encounter!”

One of Gir's Leopards sat in the foliage capture whilst on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

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Jayne reports back from our Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays

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Dotty looks back, she is one of the new mothers of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

My first visit to India was in April 2016, also with NaturesLens, & I absolutely fell in love with the place, we had some awesome tiger sightings in Tadoba, but let’s just say I came away with some ‘unfinished business’ so it didn’t take much persuading to book myself onto the Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays that NaturesLens had arranged for May 2017.

In the weeks prior to our trip there had been many posts on social media showing some amazing tiger sightings so the anticipation grew, & Bandhavgarh didn’t disappoint. It has to be said, however, that nothing is guaranteed – we heard of a few people who had seen very little but NaturesLens put everything in place to give their clients the absolute best opportunity, securing top class drivers & guides, who, over our time in Bandhavgarh, became part of our ‘Team Tiger’ group.

When I refer to ‘sightings’ I really mean ‘photographic opportunities’ not a shadow in the bush which is hardly distinguishable or a bum shot! When I say ‘photographic opportunity’, I mean time to capture an image of quality that meets my own personal standards & that I would be happy for others to see. In total, over the week the group encountered 17 different tigers, some shared moments with numerous other folk & some very special exclusive moments with no one else around other than one Gypsy vehicle – just you & the tiger – those really are moments to treasure.

This image is very much one shared with practically everyone else on safari. For several days Kankatti & her cubs visited the waterhole at pretty much the same time each day so naturally, everybody gathered to witness this special event. We sat & we waited for over an hour in the blazing heat – about 45˚ – & then suddenly the sound of camera shutters. I couldn’t see anything to start with thanks to a beautiful growth of bamboo but then the family appeared, walking around the waterhole & bathing in just the perfect spot.

Kankatti and cubs a regular sight in Bandhvagarh in May 2017 captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

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India’s Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

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A beautiful portrait of one of Gir's Asiatic Lions captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

The Gir National Forest is the last stronghold of the Asiatic Lion. Smaller than their African cousins but no less majestic, these stunning big cats live alongside humans in their last remaining natural habitat. The NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir tour marks a significant & very special addition to any photography portfolio, with days spent in the heart of the forest, waiting for a chance to capture on camera this most majestic, graceful & captivating of predators.

A beautiful portrait of one of Gir's Asiatic Lions captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

We have created a package which includes full board accommodation, jeep fees, park fees & airport transfers to make things as straightforward for you as possible, to ensure that you can make the most of this unique wildlife photography experience.

The Lions of Gir, take a territory is somewhat larger than that of tigers but, with the help of local trackers the guides and drivers, NaturesLens have a good track record of expanding your portfolio with some fantastic images of the Asiatic Lions – we recommend spending a week in Gir, so as to maximise your chances of finding, spending time with & photographing the Asiatic Lions

A pair of Gir's magnificent Asiatic Lions relax by the forest edge captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

For an unforgettable photography experience, this five-night trip to Gujarat, India, ticks every box. See the amazing Asiatic Lions of western India, whilst staying in a beautiful lodge, surrounded by mango trees, & catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard, another large resident of the forest.

A Spotted Owlet peeks at us from one of the trees in Gir Tiger Reserve captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

This wildlife photography holiday is based around the Asiatic Lions of Gir. You will witness some of the cat world’s most majestic & fearsome predators as they go about their daily lives, hunting, resting & raising their young. Apart from the lion, Gir is also famous for the large number of leopards which are also a major attraction & which, given the elusive nature of leopards, are highly visible.

NaturesLens’ five-night Asiatic Lions of Gir photography trip takes in rolling hills covered with dry deciduous forest carpeted in the crisp, plate-sized leaves of teak trees. A landscape of pale browns & yellows stretched out beneath the brilliant blue sky of an Indian summer. The forest is interspersed with semi-evergreen & evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grassland & rocky hills. Fed by perennial & seasonal rivers & streams, the Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary has large water bodies like the Kamleshwar Dam that are good for marsh crocodiles, reptiles & birds.

Other predators include hyena, jackal & jungle cat. These are supported by a healthy prey-base composed of Samba & Chital deer, Chinkara gazelle, Four-horned & Blue Bull antelope, Wild boar & langur monkeys.

We have ensured that only 2 guests travel in each gypsy, giving you maximum freedom of movement to capture images from the optimum angle, & space as you experience the wonders of the forest over the course of the day. Photography tuition will be provided as needed by Jayne Bond LRPS, with knowledgeable wildlife guidance provided by a local expert.

Airport transfers, in trip accommodation on a full board basis, jeep fees & park fees are also included in the cost of the tour, making things simple for you so that you can focus on making the most of your wildlife photography experience.

Totally relaxed in our presence, one of Gir's magnificent Asiatic Lions captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

A Jackal family photographed within the Asiatic Lion reserve captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to come face to face with the majestic Asiatic lion by booking early, as our tours offer limited places.

Lions of Gir Photography Holiday AVAILABILITY

5 places available

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Spare digital camera body.
  • Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens, bring it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • 2.0x teleconverter /extender.  Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
  • 70-200mm.
  • 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
  • Right angled viewfinder.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Camera and lens dust cover.
  • Card reader.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device.

Camera & Lens Recommendations:

Cropped Sensor:

In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.

Full frame sensor: 

In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter. Very good lens for full frame would also be a 70-200mm f2.8 plus 1.4x converter.

Clothing:

  • Thin neutral coloured t-shirts & blouses.
  • Neutral coloured trousers.
  • Hat (a safari style hat with a broad rim all around the edge is best).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bandana (to protect your nose and mouth from dust).
  • Sensible shoes or boots for safari.
  • Flip flops or easy shoes for the lodge.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

BOOKING FORM

India's Lions of Gir Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.